English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

A county-by-county guide to the linguistic origins of England’s place-names – a project of the English Place-Name Society, founded 1923.

Howe Hill

Early-attested site in the Parish of Watlington

Historical Forms

  • (manor of) Hoo 1389,95 Cl
  • le How 1504–5 CourtR
  • le Howe 1522–3 Rental 1608–9 Survey
  • (a little village called) the Howe early18th ParColl
  • Watlington How 1797 Davis
  • The How 1822 O.S.


Howe Hill etc. take name from (manor of ) Hoo 1389, 95 Cl, le How 1504–5CourtR , le Howe 1522–3Rental , 1608–9Survey , (a little village called ) the Howe early 18th ParColl, Watlington How 1797 Davis, The How 1822 O.S. Cf. le Hoo Lane 1435–6CourtR , How Crosse , le How garden 1504–5CourtR . 'Projecting ridge,' v. hōh .